Whoever you are, wherever you're from, you are welcome here.
Our Youth possess an enthusiasm for Christ, a desire to learn about Him, and a yearning to be his hands and feet, which make them a unique and vital part of the church body. Our role, at Austin Avenue, is to foster this desire and to encourage our young people to maintain a life-long thirst to be Christ-followers.
youth bible class
At Austin Avenue, study of the Bible is the core of our Christian belief. Our youth from 7th-12th grades are encouraged to be in the Word daily, and regular age-appropriate adult and youth-directed Bible studies encourage ongoing spiritual growth, participation in corporate worship, and Discipleship. The youth meet during class time Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM.
The Family Life Center is the "gathering place" of Austin Avenue when not in worship in the auditorium. Within this space, the youth have their very own safe place to have Bible class, gather, worship, study, and "do life" together in "The Zone".
Growing Disciples means "doing life" together, and time together helps to accomplish just that. Our youth meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month at various hosting church members' homes. During this time, they participate in lessons, singing, and a meal, in order to build relationships and be examples of Christ in our world.
Every December and July, the youth travel to Houston to Impact Church, an inner city church providing many ministries for those in need.
- During the Christmas weekend trip, the youth are paired with a "little buddy", having the opportunity to shop for their buddy's needs, to enjoy a meal together, and to spend time together doing a fun activity.
- During the summer week-long trip, the youth plan, organize, and execute one of the weeks of Impact's six-week long VBS (Vacation Bible School) program. This is an invaluable opportunity for the youth to teach and mentor young Christians, fostering in them a sense of responsibility for discipleship.
The first Sunday of the month the local area youth groups meet together for a time of group games, worship, & dinner. This is a great way for our youth group to grow & develop relationships with other teens trying to follow & get to know Christ. Each church takes a turn hosting the event so that all groups get to know each church as well. The gatherings culminate in a spring retreat at the Lake Cisco Christian Camp where the groups have opportunities to further develop relationships & spend time together in worship.
Sponsored by Oklahoma Christian University in Arlington, TX, this youth conference is a weekend trip for our youth high schoolers. Here, they meet young Christians from all over the country, participate in conference sessions and classes, listen to speakers, worship, and grow in faith.
412 is a ministry designed to equip the youth and kids of Austin Avenue Church of Christ for service and ministry by empowering adults to take kids alongside them as they work in the church. It is the idea of "training for tomorrow, today." Based off of 1 Timothy 4:12, our youth kids and teens are encouraged to sign up each quarter for projects like yard work, cooking, gift giving, song leading, scripture reading, etc.
Camp Blue Haven
The children and youth (5th-12th grade) have the opportunity to attend Camp Blue Haven, a Bible Camp in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Las Vegas, NM, during the summers. Camp Blue Haven is a wonderful opportunity for children and youth to develop their faith in a fun and active way by participating in campfire services, Chapel, music classes, morning devotionals, Bible classes, cookouts, talent shows, sleep outs, hiking, fishing, sports, archery, handicrafts, air riflery, and ropes courses.